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May’s Mineral: Natrolite [Na2[Al2Si3O10]•2(H2O)]

Posted by : Emily | On : May 1, 2014

natrolite

Found in abundance along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, Natrolite is a tectosilicate mineral belonging to the zeolite group. It often occurs with other zeolites in the amygdaloidal cavities of basaltic igneous rocks. The minerals name comes from natron, the Greek word for soda, and lithos the Greek word for stone. This sodium-rich, fibrous mineral tends to be white, colourless, or light gray but can also be shades of yellow, pink, orange or light brown.

Zeolites absorb toxic products and odours due to their open crystal structure and their ‘chemically sticky surfaces’. Because of these properties, zeolite minerals are used in the softening and filtering water, as well as in medicines as a blood-clotting agent.

More recently, zeolites have been gaining industrial popularity, by helping to remove heavy metals from mine waste and cleaning up radioactively contaminated areas. They are also being studied to harness the potential of precise and specific separation of gases – including the removal of H2O, CO2, SO2, Noble gases, Nitrogen, Freon and Formaldehyde.

Known to some to generate powerful stimulation of the third-eye, natrolite can be used during meditation to help recognize synchronicity and achieve higher consciousness. It is said to be a stone of optimism and hope, assisting in things like problem solving and possible outcomes, as well as providing support to those with various brain and nerve diseases/disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and recurring strokes.

The radiating specimen pictured above is on display at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Click here to get a little more information on Nova Scotia Zeolites.